County Governors, deputies and other employees will take pay cuts for the next three months as a response to the fight against the coronavirus crisis.
According to Council of Governors Chairman Wycliffe Oparanya, the Governors and their deputies will take 30% voluntary pay cut on their salaries. The governors’ decisions comes a day after President Uhuru Kenyatta announced a voluntary reduction of salaries of senior ranks of the National Executive.
Oparanya also revealed that the County Executive Committee Members (CECMs) and Chief Officers will take 20% and 15% pay cut respectively. County directors and senior officers from Job Group R will take a 10% pay cut.
“As governors, we have also resolved that other cadres are welcome to voluntarily contribute whatever percentage they deem fit,” governor Oparanya stated.
The Governor has also called on Kenya Power and Lightening Company to subsidize power tariffs for three months without disconnecting power. He also called on the water companies to suspend the disconnection of water in the coming three months.
He wants Slums, Vulnerable groups to receive free water to ensure cleanliness, which is key in the fighting Coronavirus.
“Slum dwellers, Vulnerable groups and the urban poor should be supplied with free water,” he stated.
The governor also urged the National Government to fast track the distribution of the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) kits. He says the Counties have run out of PPE and it is becoming hard to protect health workers.
“We also note that most Counties have not received the PPE kits despite a consistent follow up by the Council,” he added.